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Coronavirus Webinars

Infection Prevention in Assisted Living Facilities Webinar
April 9, 2020

Webinar Recording

Webinar Slides

Link to short videos on PPE, hand wash and hand rub 
A 1 hour session conducted by Evelyn Cook, Associate Director for the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE), UNC-Chapel Hill and Jennifer MacFarquhar, MPH, RN, CIC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology Field Officer Director, Surveillance for Healthcare Associated and Resistant Pathogens Patient Safety (SHARPPS) Program Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

A 1 hour CEU credit was issued to participants of the live seminar. The content offered on the NCSLA website is for viewing purposes only.

COVID-19 Pandemic Legislative and Regulatory Changes: An Assisted Living Facility’s Guide
April 14, 2020

Webinar Recording

Webinar Slides

This 1.5 hour session was conducted by Parker Poe attorneys Robb Leandro, Partner, Health Care, Tory Summey, Associate, Employment & Benefits and Matt Wolfe, Partner, Health Care.

A 1 hour CEU credit was issued to participants of the live seminar. The content offered on the NCSLA website is for viewing purposes only.

Coronavirus Preparedness from the CDC

Prepare your facility or community

  • Centers should review their infection prevention and control policies and procedures for droplet precautions among residents and staff. 
  • Assemble your Emergency Preparedness and Operations teams and prepare strategically for a potential spread of the virus.
  • Messaging to the people we serve is best received when the tone is calm, reassuring, and direct. It is important to emphasize both how the entire community is preparing, as well as how individuals can prepare at home.
  • Create a communication plan for all stakeholders. 

What You Can Do Now

Follow everyday preventive actions such as:

  • Washing your hands
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Covering your cough
  • Staying home when you are sick 

The CDC does not currently recommend the general public to use face masks. 

Centers should educate families and visitors on signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and encourage them to visit with loved ones through alternative means when they are ill, such as telephone, Skype, or wearing a mask during visits.

Prepare Staff

  • It’s important that any staff who are sick stay home. CDC has detailed guidance on this here.
  • Acknowledge the current situation and share only verified facts. 
  • Refresh staff with reminder trainings on hand hygiene, proper use of personal protective equipment, and their responsibility to stay home when sick.
  • Reassure staff that it is a similar approach to closures due to weather emergencies – something they are more familiar and comfortable with.

CDC Resources